Charles Darwin University

Bachelor of Clinical Sciences

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences course is a direct pathway for CDU students to study medicine, on campus in Darwin. This course is part of a double degree with the Northern Territory Medical Program (NTMP) offered by Flinders University. Australian citizen or permanent resident school leavers with year 12 qualifications, or higher education students who have studied for no more than one year are eligible for consideration for entry. The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences is the first award of this double degree. Completion of the first two years of the course to a specific grade point average standard and within the specified time frame, guarantees entry into the NTMP, which you will begin in your third year of study. In your studies at CDU you will develop a strong foundation in fundamental health and medical-related sciences, building your knowledge, skills and confidence to move on to the NTMP. This course is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) as an entry pathway into medical studies.You are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Clinical Science if you:hold year 12 qualifications and have studied no more than one year of higher education; andhave completed the University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ) held in July.In order to be competitive, you will need to achieve an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 90 or above, 85 for indigenous students (after the addition of any applicable ATAR related adjustment factors).Priority is given to Indigenous and NT residents. Only Australian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply.

Structure

In the first two years of the BCSC you will receive a strong foundation in the health and medical sciences. This will prepare you for entry into the four-year Flinders University NTMP. The BCSC course must be undertaken full time at the CDU Casuarina Campus. You are required to pass all units and gain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.00 (Credit Average) to progress to the final (third) year of the Bachelor of Clinical Science course. Students who do not pass all units or fail to achieve the minimum GPA within the first two years will have opportunities to transfer to other courses. Students who are accepted into the course may apply to study part time, if they have applied successfully for credit transfer. This will only apply to students who have studied for one year or less in other higher education courses. Anyone who has studied for more than one year in higher education is not eligible to enter the course.The third year of the BCSC and the first year of the NTMP are completed simultaneously, in the same year. Entry into this program is associated with a bond to work for four years in the Northern Territory after graduation (including your Intern year). In consequence there is a requirement that BCSC students sign a contract with the Northern Territory Government. This would normally be at the commencement of year 1 of the NTMP (year 3 of the BCSC).A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCore Units(16 CDU units plus 2 Flinders units) 240cpCompulsory Core units totalling 240 credit points consisting of 16 CDU units (160cp) and 2 Flinders University units equivalent to 80cp (CDU) as detailed below.  MLS110 Introduction to Diagnostic Pathology (replaces MLS100 from 2020) MLS101 Haematology 1 SBI150 Cellular Biology SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021) SCH101 Chemical Concepts SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) SBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical Practice (replaces PHA210 from 2021) PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics  SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies  MLS245 Medical Biochemistry  MLS283 Clinical Immunology (replaces SBI283 from 2021) SCL200 Communication for Improved Patient Care  SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare (replaces PHA312 from 2021) Flinders University Units MMED9150 Medicine 1A (40 cp) MMED9151 Medicine 1B (40 cp)  240Total Credit PointsStudents who commence in or after 2013No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or aboveStudents should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.Course Changes and Transition Arrangements - 2021HSC220 has replaced HSC230. Students who have already completed HSC230 should not complete HSC220.SBI242 has replaced PHA210. Students who have already completed PHA210 should not complete SBI242.SBI241 has replaced PHA312. Students who have already completed PHA312 should not complete SBI241. 

Subjects

  • Science and The Environment, Clinical and Behavioural Sciences, Design and Construction

Standard entry requirements

  • You are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Clinical Science if you: hold year 12 qualifications and have studied no more than one year of higher education
  • Andhave completed the University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ) held in July.Priority is given to Indigenous and NT residents. The UCAT comprises of five sections
  • Verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement. Each section of the UCAT will contribute equally to produce the UCAT ANZ derived score. Your UCAT derived score (10%%) will be combined with your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) (90%%) to determine your ranking for a place on this course.In order to be competitive, you will need to achieve an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 90 or above, 85 for indigenous students (after the addition of any applicable ATAR related adjustment factors).Only Australian citizens and Permanent residents are eligible to apply.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina No
  • Full-time : 3 years

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